The San Francisco Firefighters in Safety Education (SFFISE) Program teaches an established 30-minute interactive burn prevention & fire safety curriculum to approximately 9,000 grade school students per year, and provides information for parents in their primary language.
Prior to the establishment of SFFISE, neither the San Francisco Unified School District nor the Fire Department had programs to reach children about fire safety.
The Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting burn prevention education and enhancing the quality of life for burn survivors and their families, partnered with San Francisco Firefighters to present this important educational program to elementary school children throughout the City.
The SFFISE volunteers, who are recruited from the San Francisco Fire Department, facilitate the presentations in uniform, put on their firefighting gear, and demonstrate some of the equipment used when fighting fires.
The SFFISE Program also covers basic safety concepts, including:
- Stop, Drop & Roll
- Stay Low & Go
- Tools vs. Toys
- How to Dial 911
- Home Escape Plans
Today, over 30,000 students from both public and private schools in San Francisco have been educated in fire safety, and the numbers continue to increase.
For more information, please visit the following websites:
San Francisco Firefighters in Safety Education (www.sffise.org)
Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (www.aarbf.org)